Stellar day for Jon Patten Colin Joy and Reef Patten in the everglades! Last night a reinforcing cold front came in and dropped our temperatures down again into the low 60s in Islamorada, and yesterday winds were kicking 30 mph out of the NW. This morning though the winds subsided and it was a manageable 15 mph today, which made for a fairly nice ride out all things considered. Unfortunately the shrimp boats didn’t make it out yesterday due to the winds which rarely happens, so we had to make due with some dead and frozen bait. Luckily the fish didn’t seem to mind! We found a mix of black drum, redfish, and snook in several different spots in the backcountry. A few nice size ones too including a good 20 lb black drum and an 8 lb snook! There was a good bit of dirty water though due to the howling winds yesterday, but finding the areas where it was clean made all the difference. The water temperatures dropped down into the high 60s, so the fish are still a little in that transitional shock mode, but patience definitely paid off when fishing our baits. By late morning it was absolutely beautiful back there and you could feel the sun warming things up nicely. Looks like the forecast for the foreseeable future is very good with light 10-15mph northeasterly wind. Going out for fun tomorrow and then these guys want to try again possibly on Wednesday, but if you are looking to get out there fishing this week looks to be a good one. Get on down here for some october fishing in islamorada!
Capt. Rick Stanczyk
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